FireMaster fire curtains from Greene Fire were installed in the Sir Louis Matheson Library buildings at Monash University to provide fire separation of the stairs and atrium space.
Sir Louis Matheson Library, which opened in 1964, consists of three buildings constructed over a 30-year period. Building 4 North Central Library, was the first to come up, followed by Building 4 South Main Library later that decade, and Building 67 in the 1990s. A series of linking structures connect the three buildings across the site.
Monash University decided to transform Sir Louis Matheson Library to a new state-of-the-art learning resource and library centre, and engaged Cox Architects to design the vibrant resource extension to the original library. This necessitated the installation of additional fire protection solutions in the old buildings to allow for the new construction.
Greene Fire solution
To ensure safe and clear exit routes while limiting the spread of fire, Greene Fire installed three fire curtains to provide compartmentation of level 1 atrium and fire separation of the level 2 stairs.
The fire curtains were tested and assessed to AS1530.4 with an FRL of – / 120 / – fire resistance level as required under BCA clause C3.15.
The building design is not affected since the fire curtains are suspended above the complex designed ceilings and installed to drop into a predetermined gap with the side guides recessed into the walls.
Fire curtains have been used throughout the library, allowing for wide open plan areas to be created while still addressing code compliance requirements through a performance based solution.
Multi roller vertical curtains were used in the installation, allowing some of the outer walls to be used as a structure for fixing the fire curtain and guides while maximising the floor area and open space available.
Aecom served as the fire engineer on the project.